How many sessions will I need?
That depends on your individual condition. Initially I might need to see you more often, perhaps each week or fortnight. You may start to feel benefits after the first or second treatment, although chronic, long-standing conditions could need more time to improve. Once your health has stabilised you may need top-up treatments every few weeks. Acupuncture is also very effective when used as preventive healthcare and many people like to come back 3 or 4 times during the year, as the seasons change.
What should I do before a treatment?
Try not to have a large meal within an hour of your appointment, as the process of digestion will alter the pattern of your pulse. Also you may need to lie on your stomach during a treatment.
Avoid alcohol and also food or drink that colours your tongue, such as coffee or strong tea.
What should I wear to come for acupuncture treatment?
It is a good idea to wear loose-fitting clothes so that the acupuncture points, especially those around your knees and on your lower limbs, are more easily accessible. Many commonly used acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs, so it is helpful to wear loose clothing that allows easy access to these areas.
What happens during my first consultation?
Your first consultation will be longer than follow-up visits. It takes up to 90 minutes and enables me to gain a detailed understanding of your health condition, diet and lifestyle. This involves asking you questions about your current symptoms, medical history and any medication or supplements you are taking, as well as such things as your sleeping pattern, appetite and digestion and your emotional wellbeing. If you are a woman, I will also ask you about your menstrual cycle and any past pregnancies and childbirth; also about your menopause, if appropriate.
I will look at your tongue, take your pulse on both wrists and examine you physically to assist in making a diagnosis and putting together your treatment plan. You may need to undress to your underwear and if so, to protect your privacy, I will leave the room for you to put on a one-time use examination gown and dress again at the end of treatment.
What do follow-up sessions involve?
Follow-up sessions will generally last up to 1 hour. Before treating you I will check on your current level of health and wellbeing and whether this has changed since the last treatment session, examine your tongue and take your pulse on both wrists. Depending on the nature of your health issue, I may also need to feel for areas of muscular tension or pain.
If I need to use acupuncture points located on the back and abdomen, you may need to undress to your underwear. In this case, to protect your privacy I will leave the room for you to put on a one-time use gown and dress again at the end of treatment.